Showcase Theatre Students Put On a Show Against All Odds

Graham Nourie ’23, Mckenna Barry ’21, and Ms. Simpson

The tradition of Showcase in The Tatnall School, dating back to 1962, has long been an opportunity of growth for students as they learn to work together as an ensemble on and off stage. Over a three month time period, students learn all aspects of show production: set construction, sound and lighting, hair and makeup, props, publicity, and costume design.

This year’s production, Almost, Maine by John Cariani, is a compilation of nine scenes, each occurring between a different couple on exactly the same night in a small, made-up town in rural Maine called “Almost.” When the northern lights appear in the sky at the end of each scene, something “almost” miraculous happens, and the audience is left feeling its lingering love, tension, or loss.

Due to covid, this year’s cast and crew have adapted the typical production process to include zoom rehearsals and performing with masks and without a live audience. Despite these challenges, the cast and crew have risen to the occasion and look forward to audience members enjoying a stellar, covid-adapted performance!

Ms. Simpson and Mr. Morton make their directorial debuts this year, working alongside Mr. Neidig, who has been Showcase’s Technical Director for over 30 years. The cast consists of Alexa Brice '22, Charlotte Davey '22, Isabelle Dini '22, Judy Cheng '21, Colby Davis '21, and Holden Dubach '22.  The crew consists of Sarah Kane '23, Inez Titus '24, Annette Khosravi '23, Riley Green '24, Hadley Hinmon '24, Graham Nourie '23, Mckenna Barry '21, Sophie Sikes '24, Genevieve Echternach '24, Mackenzie Hicks '24, and Grace Hill '24. Kate McConnel is making her debut this year as stage manager. In addition, our new choir teacher Mrs. Dinkins has been helping with sound.     

The Tatnall community can watch the live-streamed performance on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m., or as a premiere available from Wednesday, February 24 to Sunday, February 28. Stay tuned for more details on how to access these performances. Please mark your calendars, so you can enjoy all of the hard work put into this year’s performance, one we hope is more than “almost” spectacular!